Dear Newly Motivated Health Nut,
The first of the year has come and the motivation to sweat away the extra pounds at the gym has left you like money at an amusement park. The once childlike passion and intrigue to sculpt your body into a finely tuned machine is lost to the reality that you can’t spend every waking minute in the gym working out. Plus, you don’t have celebrity wealth that buys you a personal chef or a personal trainer to whip you back into shape.
As we get older, the idea of looking good for the sake of looking good is all but fairytale dreams. Forget about getting ripped or buff, the goal now is to stop the slow steady climb of weight gain.
Several years ago, I purchased a gym membership at LA Fitness with the idea I would get “ripped”. Yeah right. How many times do you think I went?
I blamed a lengthy commute to and from work and the responsibility of working a couple jobs at night to make ends meet. Sound familiar?
How many of us pay for a monthly gym membership but hardly go? How many times have you enrolled in a gym only to cancel a few months later after you realizing you just weren’t committed enough?
I think it’s safe to say the majority of us enroll in a gym membership with good intentions. We care enough about our health so we fork out the hundred or so dollars for the down payment and pay for a few months, only to realize we just don’t have the motivation to rise early in the morning like roosters on a farm, or the energy after work to deal with meat market of people who clamor in certain areas of the gym like at a nightclub.
Still, we must do something to stay healthy right? If we want a quality of life and a medicine cabinet free of meds than we have to get off our asses and do something. As hard and harsh as that sounds, it’s the truth, and some of us don’t like to hear the truth.
In any case, I’ve compiled a few things, three to be exact, that I’ve implemented in my life from time to time to help keep the weight down. No matter what diet or meal plan or exercise regime I’ve tried, the most important thing I’ve learned is that eating decently better while making it a point to walk or jogg every day, does the body good.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Exercise
When my kids were babies, each night after work, I laid on the living room floor, face down and let my then two year-old twins climb on my back. I proceeded to knock out sets of push-ups, about 10-12 reps.
I counted aloud so they could follow along, so to me it was more a teaching moment for my babies. Nothing better than seeing a smile on your child’s face while doing something good for yourself.
My gym days are over, if not for a desire to pay, but because time is limited. So, I rely on push-ups and sit-ups. They did the trick then and they’ll do the trick now. Hey, as long as it keeps my weight down, why not right?
It’s not glamorous. No mirrors to gawk into. No fit, good looking people to marvel at my finely sculpted body. Just me and the carpet, working together to release the stress of a day that cost only time.
Weight Watcher’s Really Does Work
I decided to give Weight Watchers a try. Who would have thought I would be that person carrying an insulated lunch box filled with fruit and a microwavable meal to work that read, “Weight Watchers”.
There I was, a blue lunchbox draped on my shoulder, walking the hallway to my office with a Weight Watcher’s meal tucked inside. No one saw the contents, but I knew. Not to mention, the thought of “what guy eats, let alone brings a meal to lose weight into work?”
I braved the embarrassment and ate the Weight Watcher’s meals every day for about a month and soon found myself on the Weight Watcher’s diet.
Plain and simple,Weight Watchers works!
I didn’t plan on dieting but after a month of eating “Weight Watcher” meals, it was a no-brainer. Plus, I was able to eat whatever I wanted but at reduced servings.
I stumbled onto the Weight Watcher’s program by eating the meals. I didn’t pay a monthly fee to join a group. I just searched online for the phrase, “weight watchers daily points allowance calculator” (the initial step in the program) in which plenty of sites popped up.
After I figured out the number of points I’m allowed each day. I then find out the number of points each piece of food has by searching online for the phrase, “weight watchers points calculator”. The calculator allowed me to type the name of food I ate and provided the number of points for each.
Once I knew the number of points I could eat, and how to find the number of points in the food I ate, I began the diet and in 30 days saw pretty good results.
It’s all about portion control and discipline.
Ditch Sitting at Work
Sit much at work? I do. So when I asked my Director if we could look into sit-stand desks, they looked at me with a crazed look. Needless to say, the Director obliged and in matter of months, I was standing at work.
Do yourself a favor, ditch your chair at work and stand whenever possible. I stand at work any chance I get. In a previous position, I converted my desk into a stand up, using printer tables and monitor extensions.
It looked awkward and begged the question, “Is that a fire hazard?” And so, my setup was dismantled. Thankfully, my supervisor at that job, saw my commitment and ordered me a stand up desk there as well.
The first few days standing hurt my feet, so I searched online how to mitigate the pain from standing. I learned a fatigue mat and alternating from standing to sitting throughout the day helps with leg and back pain.
The immediate benefits of standing were:
1. I no longer got the “chills”
2. I drank more water
3. I moved away from my computer screen frequently
4. I moved a lot more
Standing may not be an option at your place of employment, so set alerts on your cell phone, desk clock or calendar within your email system every 20-30 minutes, to remind yourself to break away from staring at the computer screen.
Aging is no fun. Time is at a premium but so is maintaining good health by exercising and trying to eating decent.
It’s tough eating well in the genetically modified food era we currently live in. I’m an old fart now, so any small change I can make in what I eat and how much I eat will keep my weight from ballooning.
That’s something we all should be cognizant of, don’t you think?